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, in 1961, the cuban constitution was identical to that of the united states. those words in that constitution did not protect us. words do not protect you. understanding and be leaving in the words do. -- and believing in the words do. we today have a serious problem in that regard. the "new york times" three weeks ago -- "time" magazine three weeks ago reported as a cover story how the constitution is under siege, and "newsweek" about two months ago had a cover story about the failure of americans to understand our government. some very scary statistics. two out of every three graduating high-school students today believe that the three branches of government are republican, democrat, and independent. that is an actual poll. 75% of all americans don't know that religious freedom is protected by the first amendment. 75%. more americans can name the judges on "american idol" than on the supreme court of the united states. what does this mean to us? how did we get here? well, first of all, unless the next generation understands the obligations imposed by the constitution, w
the veto word is not used, also not used in the constitution of the united states but no one doubts the president has it. we have the ability to do it to the language that is there. that will become a bit more clear as we come forward. >> thank you, chairman kerry. i'm very glad that we're having this in today and i appreciate all of you for being here. senator webb and i sent chairman kerry and ranking member luber a letter back in april urging we move forward to consideration of law of the sea treaty and i'm grateful to your broad and searching and supportive testimony here today. when i was brand-new to the senate, one of the earlier meetings i took was with the then outgoing chief of naval operations. when i asked him what is the single most important thing we can do to help the navy over the next decade, he said without hesitation, ratify the law of the sea treaty. i was taken aback by the. given other budget priorities, operational issues, as it turned out admiral estimation of the importance of this issue is shared i'm stomach every living chief of naval operations not to men
statistic that these potential students don't know is that the median income of lawyers in the united states is $62,000. they need to understand that before they incur $100,000 in debt. is there always room for another good lawyer? we need good lawyers. there always is. you have to ask yourself how much that you can afford -- how much debt you can afford. they have been watching too much "boston legal." you see $100,000 starting salaries. that may be for the top 10 students at the top 10 law schools. there were 30,000 graduates this year. what are the others going to do? there are jobs available and good jobs available, but we have to first let them know what to expect upon graduation. second thing we have to do is make sure we continue to have the profession look like our society. two spots of the examples. hispanic lawyers, less than 4%. 15% of our society. african americans come 8% come away under-represented. what we are doing in that regard as we have minority scholarships and a program where we put minority students with federal judges and state judges. we have a diversity center, whic
into the united states, so there is some tension there and i'll tread carefully in my remarks on this. i think that to some degree, the chinese government made some of the most important decisions about clean energy three or four years ago when it did make it difficult for outside companies to compete for contracts there. and now essentially, and in the meantime, we saw a real scale-up of domestic wind turbine manufacturing in china and really in particular for solar over that time. and they have become really world leaders. so on the one hand, as you think about the politics of this, i understand the concerns about creating jobs and protecting intellectual property. on the other, i do think it's important to note that in part because of that scale-up, the cost of solar, for instance, has never been cheaper than it's been and -- >> that actually undercut solyndra. that was part of the solyndra story, right? >> it was certainly part of the issue for solyndra is that solyndra -- solyndra is a very interesting example of a company that was trying to look longer range about driving down costs and
cliff in the united states and going into next week, riverfront investment groups and thank you for joining us. how bad was this in terms of the issue on jpmorgan, they are getting rift yet again. what's your take? >> we look at it as a slightly contrarian fashion. we talked about this a couple of times in the last month. about a month ago investor sentime sentiment went up to levels and it seemed to us and short-term indicators and probably two to pretty close-up port. >> pretty good support for the market. >> the long-term average and short-term bounce. i think jamie dimon is terrific fek. i also like sheer sheila bair and i hope they work things out. i respect him a great deal. >> you respect him. does that mean you don't think the bank should being broken up. is that what you're saying? >> whether they want to carve up the bank, i'll leave that to the legislators. he's got a grip. he watches every figure. he knows what is going on. so i've got a lot of faith and confidence in jamie dimon. >> i agree with you. let me ask you, rod, about investing in the second half of the yea
in the united states. take a look at one bite of sean's interview. >> reverend jeremiah wright has this box with an email, with an offer to buy his silence from a close confidante of the president, eric whittaker. he didn't name him in the book, but he mentioned that in the tapes. moving on from that because we played that, if you ask if obama knew that whittaker offered the money. he doesn't give the answer i would suspect. but here's what he said. >>. >> that's a long meeting. >> yeah. >> was he aware that eric whittaker had offered you -- >> no? >> klein didn't come out of a swamp. he is the editor of the new york times magazine, but it's suffering a total blackout in the press. is that correct? >> of course it's news and should be covered. and does it surprise you that nbc, abc, cbs haven't said a word about this book? look, here's the narrative from now until election day. if it advances obam ait will be covered. if it hurts him in any way, it's going to be spiked. consider this -- when bush ran for re-election, there were a slew of books that came out against him. they were all over t
that support will be. >> andrew north in kabul. a senate committee in the united states has cut aid to pakistan by $33 million a year. it's in response to the pakistani doctor who helped the c.i.a. track down osama bin laden. dr. afridi was sentenced to prison for helping the u.s. locate the al qaeda leader in abbottabad. the u.s. secretary of state, hillary clinton, denounced his imprisonment. >> the united states does not believe there is any basis for whoileding dr. afridi. we regret both the fact that he was convicted and the severity of his sentence. his help, after all, was instrumental in taking down one of the world's most notorious murderers that was clearly in pakistan's interest, as was ours and the rest of the world. this action by dr. afridi to help bring about the end of the reign of terror designed and executed by bin laden was not in any way a betrayal of pakistan, and we have made that very well known, and we will continue to press it with the government of pakistan. >> the bbc's aleem mack bull has been speaking to me from islamabad with the latest. >> 20 days after osama bin
mcveigh, you can find that in the unabomber's writing, this becomes the united states government. and i don't think anybody would have any fault with that one, would they now? no, we can actually see the seven-headed dragon: one head being the atf, the fbi, the justice department, you know, the irs. yeah, that's right up there; that's the antichrist. this is the way it's going- the government, it becomes the antichrist. armageddon, then, is not a plain in israel- you know, koresh literally took it to texas- but it's right here. the united states is armageddon; this is where the mother of all battles is going to take place. babylon, the whore, the harlot of babylon in revelation- if you haven't looked at the book, you kind of have to go back and look at some of these images- but that's corrupt, materialistic, secular humanism, multiculturalism, globalism, the whole mishmash that says everybody belongs. uh - uh. only good christians in that interpretation, but people who believe in the american way belong. you know, you get that feeling in militia groups. the messiah doesn't tend to be a
rejected the united states and its european allies offer of compromise here and this gives them more time to continue to do precisely what john just said. >> so, ken, to john's point, it's just all been delay tactics it seems. >> that's right. the iranians have gotten us into the carpet store. that's the tactic. i wrote this in a column. once you're in the carpet store, they know you will buy the carpet. the question, what is the final price. the carpet they want us to buy is to allow them to continue to enrich uranium, that's a disaster, a huge concession that the obama administration has made. a big, big mistake. a deadly mistake. >> gentlemen, a couple of deadlines coming up. let's use that advisedly. july 1st, the ban on oil exports from iran goes into effect. ambassador ginsburg, does that july 1st move this story when it goes to moscow. does iran offer any concession whatsoever in order to give a fig leaf to stop that ban? >> the most important thing to remember, those in the foreign policy community will argue that iran steps up in this game of chicken to the very last moment. >> r
pack sustain and the united states. the foreign minister spoke about the sore spot. she says she supports a court decision to imprison a pakistani doctor who helped american intelligence authorities track down al qaeda leader osama bin laden. >> you have to respect the law of every country. and you have to respect our expectations of each other and realistic expectations and i think the expectation for any one country to go against the laws is not a realistic or healthy expectation. >> pakistani courts sentenced shakil afridi wednesday to 33 years in prison for treason. u.s. secretary of state hillary clinton denounced the ruling as unjust. she says the obama administration will continue to pursue the issue with pakistani authorities. u.s./pakistan relations worsened after american special forces raided a compound near islamabad last may and killed bin laden. they took another hit after u.s. helicopters killed 24 pakistani soldiers last november. pakistan's government retaliated by closing supply routes for nato forces in afghanistan. foreign minister khar says u.s. authorities s
in the united states. and that's why we have an awfully hard time looking at the mirror. that's why politically there's something here for everybody. if you're a deficit or debt hawk, you look at greece and say, see, that's how we're going. if we don't get this debt under control, we'll lose our ability to control our destiny and the market determining force. you say see, greece, what happens when you cut, cut, cut, we're going to be just look greece if there's something there for the entire spectrum, from mr. krugman to everybody. there's something in there. but what it speaks to me is that we together need to support europe. and this is where in having some conversations with white house officials i've been frustrated that we haven't made a contribution to the imf. and i know how politically awful that would be for the administration to go to congress and say, boy, how about a bailout for europe. ah! the screaming and the hair pulling and the gnashing of teeth. but i'd like us to be involved, even if it's token, even if it's small because it says we are investing in europe as they have invest
and continue to play in the middle east, most people in the united states don't realize this. they think it's just the active components. but the role that the reserves and guards play are very, very important. this committee appreciates that very much. this subcommittee will reconvene on wednesday, june 6th at 10:00 a.m. to receive testimony from outside witnesses, and now we'll stand in recess subject to call of the chair. [ gavel sounds ] >>> here's what's ahead today on c-span 3. next a look ahead at women that have won nobel prizes chls then a discussion on the federal government's role on energy and innovation and later a program on online privacy laws. today on c-span 2 action we're showing you several portions of the recent british phone hacking investigation, known as the levison inquiry. this gets under way in about 20 minutes at 12:30 p.m. eastern, again on c-span 2. and coming up tonight, a debate between the candidates running in wisconsin's gubernatorial recall election. republican incumbent scott walker is being challenged by milwaukee's democratic bear, tom barrett. watch th
that the united states government outed dr. afridi, thereby leading to his prison sentence. are you standing behind that? >> yes, i do bill. several things here. one in the immediate days after the killing of bin laden had sources in the government talking about d.n.a. samples, how he wanted to compare d.n.a. then soon after that the pakistanis started to lock up various health officials and there was a story in the british papers and also in the news how the officials in our government were off the record confirming that there was a doctor used by the cia to obtain d.n.a. samples. that was two officials in the government that confirmed that. it was mcclatchey then. the worse thing though bill was earlier this year in january, leon panetta went on "sixty minutes and told how the doctor was a cia asset and working for us to obtain. >> bill: he was in custody by that time. and we called and we can't get names attached to this and i hate to do that but the administration denies what you are saying and says that the pakistanis picked up afridi themselves that they knew he was working with the ci
the case of the pakistani doctor thrown in jail after helping the united states track down osama bin laden. you will recall that doctor ran a fake vaccination program for the c.i.a. and collected d.n.a. samples to confirm that bin laden was at this compound early this week. pakistan sentenced him to 33 years in prison of high treason for supposedly betraying his home country. yesterday, a u.s. senate committee slashed $33 million in aid to pakistan. but the intelligence experts argue that the obama administration could have done more to secure the doctor's release. and a top government official in pakistan tells fox news the united states is just overracting and needs to "take a deep breath." he adds and i quote, "you've got osama bin laden and we're happy he got killed but the way it was done we are not happy with, we didn't like that." joining us is former intelligence officer for the office of the secretary of defense, mike barrett, now the c.i.a. of the security consulting firm "diligent innovation." mike, the question is, why wasn't this guy removed right after the raid? there was no
its own huge fiscal problem. how to bring down the united states' rising debt is a topic of growing debate as we head to an election at the end of this year. that's when the bush-era tax cuts are scheduled to expire and a scheduled round of spending cuts are set to take effect. this week the congressional budget office warned if that was all this is allowed to take place, the economy would be knocked back into recession for the first half of next year. more on this now from two men who watch the u.s. economy osy: ken rogf of harvard university and josh bivens of the economic policy institute. welcome to both of you. and ken rogoff, to you first, what is the european scenario that the united states should be most worried about? >> oh, goodness. i mean, there's really a cliff there. there's a possibility the whole euro can dissolve if they don't take a quantum leap towards unification and we could have a layman moment again. it's not... lehman moment again. it's not hyperbole to say that. they've seen that in europe. they can't agree among themselves what is are they going to do when
the united states and israel, but that's where they have it. the new findings come right after talks with iran ended without a lot of progress. this is a story we'll continue to watch for you. jon: well, the united states is reacting to the conviction of a pakistani doctor who helped the cia track down osama bin laden. a live report from islamabad coming up. jenna: we're also tracking a tropical disturbance off the coast of florida. meteorologist janice dean with the latest just ahead. jon: and before you fire up that grill this memorial day weekend, some important advice for you and your family. that's coming up. let's ring you u mary? what are you doing here? it's megan. i'm getting new insurance. marjorie, you've h a policy with us for three years. it's been five years. five years. ll, progressive gives mega discounts that you guys didn't. paperless, safe driver, and i get great service. meredith, what's shakin', bacon? they'll figure it out. getting you the discounts you deserve. now, that's progressive. call or click today. jon: the united states cutting aid to pakistan after a
him to 33 years in prison because the united states of america didn't apologize for an entirely separate incident? i am sorry, that is not the kind of logic that makes any sense or is any kind of decency. >> i would like to see all of the factors behind this airstrike. i don't know enough to reach a final conclusion. the united states regrets the needless lending or death of anyone and we have made that very clear, so i hope that we can complete the investigation and then the president and the secretary of state will make that decision weather and apologies in order. in the meantime that is not an excuse to sentence somebody to 33 years in prison. >> are there any further restrictions on the japanese money for the buildup and qualm? any changes on the tangible progress and on the construction, is there any military construction money beyond the guam national guard or any new -- infrastructure? >> i think we continued the provision relative to limiting additional construction and till we get those reports, and there was a military construction projects on qualm. i think it was th
dollars -- gets you above two thousand dollars. so far, in the united states, the bulk of consumers still want a car that gets a fair amount of range, well over 300 miles is relatively easy to refuel. exotic technology has been a tough sell. hybrids are only 3% of sales. i am not quite sure this is where this is going. you will see automated technology coming from expensive cars. host: on twitter -- host: what kind of infrastructure investment is needed to make a large number of self-driving cars part of america's future? >> this is an interesting point. there is a divergence worth watching. the comment is the lead. the infrastructures that we have now, by most accounts is inadequate and coarsely maintained. the budget and the money to bring what we have up to a level is not forthcoming, for the most part. now, the federal government has had a program under way for a number of years and are starting a big experiment in an arbor, not far from where i am, in what they call connected vehicle technology where you have transmitters and signalling devices in the traffic lights and along the sid
the domestic and international commerce of the united states. we would not be promoting privacy legislation if it did not promote the foreign and domestic commerce of the united states. i think the fact we are sitting here alongside chairman leibowitz, who's proposed also advocating for legislation reflects the convergence of economic in this area. important to consumers. it's important to business. it's important to global commerce. >> thank you. commissioner do you have any thoughts on those two? >> well, i do believe, you know, the international element of privacy regulation is very important, but i have to admit, it's something i need to educate myself on a little further before i could offer anything very useful at this point. >> thank you. thank you, chairman rockefeller. really appreciate it. >> thank you. the honorable tom udall, state of new mexico. i'd just like to close with a couple. you know, we talk about the digital advertising alliance is making it very clear they want to cooperate, and they appear to be doing so, but there are two areas where they still can collect informat
of caller. i'm an international student here in the united states. and, well, i was watching c-span about your subjects. i wanted to intervene. i was wondering whether actually the president received any kind of letters from non-citizens and also whether the fact that people who write several thousands letters to the president, does it -- my comment, my understanding is that people must feel really unrepresented through the formal system of representation in the united states. and my question would be like what do you think about po proportional represent augs, like they have in europe, for example? instead of the proper way to get yourself elected into congress, for example. what do you think about proportional representation? >> thanks, abdel. >> thanks for your questions. he certainly does get international letters. i'd say that's a fairly small piece of what he ends up reading. sometimes it's from citizens abroad, sometimes non-citizens abroad. i would guess that's maybe 5% of the mail he receives. in terms of people not feeling represented by their government, you know, i think part
in the united states represented. of course there are people from other traditions as well who are doing heroic work in the battle for religious freedom. we could expand the panel if we have more space and more time. one thinks of islamic figures for the back of fund for religious freedom t --eh beckett fund for religious for, members sikh fund. this is a cause that unites us across christian and judeo- christian lines but even more broadly. with that, let's have a little discussion appear on the panel and then, i understand, you will have the opportunity to send some questions up from the audience. if i could begin, i was struck by something that c shipor teleone said. catholics had to work toward a truly robust understanding of religious liberty that embraces the broader principles of democratic-republican government. my own sense of that and i would be curious to know your perspective is that part of it had to do with what the for raised"religious liberty" meant to a church whose hierarchy for a long time really was european. the experience of the french revolution really shaped the idea tha
and singapore and around the united states and said, gosh, in the schools the highest performing in the world, their classroom sizes are about the same in the united states. >> did he say around the world? you mean mitt romney has a worldly view of education and not american? in other words, forget the real life experiences of teachers in the classroom, mitt romney will liston what a think tank tells him. he doesn't have to do anything and he doesn't know anything about overcrowding or underfunding when it comes to schools and what it will do to them. romney doesn't seem to care, just like he didn't care when he was the governor of massachusetts. in his first year, romney cut education funding to close a $1.2 billion budget gap. the cuts caused local taxes to go up. they also caused layoffs of more than 14,000 teachers, police officers, librarians and other public employees. in 1999, mitt romney said, we don't need to spend more on education. in his book titled "no apology", romney wrote the effort to reduce classroom size may hurt education more than it helps. this is why there were proteste
supported by the united states and other parts of the world so they can share intelligence and support one another. and the government of cameroon did ultimately deploy its defense forces to this park to expel the poachers. so they did act all be it it was the event we were hoping it will set a precedent for. i think regional support is necessary and through this consoshes yum we have with interpol and customs and u.s. drug enforcement, we need to improve that, their support. >> i think it was the case here that the rangers in the park didn't have any weapons. weren't armed at all. here you have a heavily armed force that moves in and takes that kind of activity. you need to think in a whole different level in terms of law enforcement when it comes to some of these things that are going on. but we really appreciate your lifetime commitment to this, dr. hamilton. you have been working so hard and we really appreciate the secretary-general and mr. carmony here working on this. i don't know if you have any additional thoughts on what i talked about. thank you very much. appreciate it. >> folk
the united states can continue to lead in the clean energy sector. as all of the witnesses today point out in their written testimony, there's a global race on to produce the next generation of energy technologies. prices on our electricity bills or at the pump do not always reflect it, our current energy system is very expensive and the costs all of us pay in national energy and climate and economic insecurity are unacceptably high, and it's likely the fast-growing economies throughout the developing world will be looking to a new generation of technologies that avoid these costs. it's not only a concern of costs and their effect on future generations it's a significant commercial opportunity for u.s. entrepreneurs. fortunately, developing new technologies has historically been a great strength of the united states and as the witnesses have pointed out an area where the government has been a -- an effective partner, although there has been a broad consensus in congress in the past in favor of investing in these emerging technologies, we have been sending much more uncertain signals recent
protections. so in keeping with the spirit that the united states normally doesn't, you know, wait for someone else to set the standard and then borrow it, we ought to be setting our own standard. the final agency reports that have been issued recently that we ought to lay out a blueprint of privacy principles for legislation. senator john mccain and i have agreed on one approach, and i introduced that approach with him more than a year ago. it reflects each of the principles that are being put forward in the analyses today as well as the concept of a safe harbor for a flexible application of the code of conduct to different kinds of businesses. i think all of us know that consumers in the united states are very smart. they'll consent to reasonable and useful data collection and use practices, particularly if they think it enhances their buying and life experience. but the most important principle we want to reinforce here is that the individual consumer has the right to make that decision. so can we get there? i think it's up to the members of this committee. the bipartisan proposal that sena
indeed india, pakistan, lebanon, the united states and mexico. she is the editor of living in america. poetry and fiction by south asian american writers. encounter people of asian decent in the americas her novel, braided tongue was published in 2003. i introduce rashne. >> i'm reading from a selection from a longer narrative. memory is no longer confused. it has a home land. from a farm by the late ali. sometimes the circle breaks and the woman meets the child. face-to-face. each one seeing for the first time her strength in the other. a poem by jenny. [inaudible]. after more than a year of e mails and phone conversations, amy,ling and i met at the university of wisconsin in madison. it was sometime during the mid 1980. calcutta was very hot, said amy. i wondered how our conversation about asian american literature veered to calcutta? calcutta was very hot but i got my first doll there. we spent some time in calcutta when we fled to the united states. the doll didn't look like me blond hair and blue ice bought from calcutta. she comforted me when i remember the sounds of the japane
that are important to the united states. and the international community. we certainly consider the treatment of dr. afridi to be among those important issues. we are raising it and we will continue to do so because we think the treatment is unjust and unwarranted. >> andrea: i had an opportunity to talk to congressman peter king, chairman of the house homeland security committee keeping an eye on this and many other homeland security issues. he said the administration botched this from the beginning, leaked information and confirmed the doctor. a couple of day after the vote where they want to confirm the dna samples. administration officials confirmed they were working with the health officials. pakistanis started arresting doctors to try this. leon panetta goes on "60 minutes" and says this -- >> a pakistani doctor as we understand it was helping our efforts there. afridi. he has now been charged with treason. in pakistan. i wonder what you think of that. >> i am very concerned about what the pakistanis did with this individual. this was an individual that help provide intelligence on, that was
that people in the united states are working more hours for less pay, the 99%/1% distribution models that we have been discussing so much over the past three months play into that. and if you are into fame values and you want people to have time and live a good life. ultimately you want people to make more so that they can also have time at home and time with their family. and if you want to do that, you have labor supported so they can try to bring up the bargaining power in the private market, or you have higher minimum pages which is something that romney has come out against. >> rush limbaugh is now saying that the purpose of bain capital was not to create jobs. is it now time for mitt romney to follow the gop pr spokesperson, rush limbaugh and accept that bain capital was about wealth and not about jobs? >> it truly pains me to say this, rush limbaugh is absolutely right. and i think -- i just wanted to say that. but i think that -- >> i can see your pain, by the way. >> i think romney has gotten himself into a box and the obama campaign it's whole effort now is to sort of bang the nail
religious liberty challenge that we face in the united states today. >> we are talk about constitutional issue. religious freedom. >> they are certain to reach the supreme court. they're violating the constitution and 40 years of congressional action. >> this is about religious energy and every healthcare law except for this one since 1973. >> congress passed 11 lus since 1973 to prevent government from forcing people to violate their religious beliefs. latest was in 1993, championed by schumer and kennedy. >> if you burden the free exercise of religion, there can't be less restrictive way to do it. >> the feeling among catholics is captured in a web video showing the belief in life forged in steal. similar views reflected in a marist poll that found three out of four americans 74 to 26% believe freedom of religion should be protected even if it conflicts with other laws. 46% of democrats agreed with that. 47% of independents. white house trying to argue it was not forcing the catholic institutions to violate moral beliefs saying insurance companies would handle it. >> no religious unive
future than the united states. the only question is whether these resources can be coordinated to maximum advantage and that is where public policy inevitably must enter the picture. thank you very much for your time. i look forward to your questions. >> thank you very much. mr. jenkins? >> thank you, chairman bingaman, ranking member murkowski and distinguished members of the committee. i'm jesse jenkins. i direct the energy and climate program at the breakthrough institute, an independent public policy think tank based in oakland, california. it's an honor to appear before you today to discuss the role of government and energy innovation, particularly on my birthday and senator murkowski's. advanced energy policy and markets in the united states are now at a key inflection point. in recent years, u.s. advanced energy sectors have grown rapidly, adding jobs even through the depth of the recession, while reducing costs for many technologies, including solar and wind power, batteries for electric vehicles and advanced biofuels. still, a recent cost declines mark important industry maturati
with threats to the united states have changed and that would drive reductions. but i worry that we're just seeing a budget -- i don't see the threat going down. i think we should have our air control alert locations. and for air national guard explosive ordnance disposal, and i know that falls under your purview, it looks to me like what they did was just hand you a bill to pay and then you had to make state and local cuts, including bomb squad cuts, to meet those targets. do you think the air force considered the state and local impact of getting rid of our air bomb squads? which i know governors all over the country use when they need bomb squads. i've certainly seen it in my own state of vermont. do you think that they thought of that, that that impacts the states pretty badly? >> i'll try to address the aca question first. senator, you're correct. that threat is still there. and i think that probably the discussion was, you know, could the -- according to studies that you've referenced that are classified, you know, could the nation assume a little additional risk. by ut kuing two of t
level, their response to you will be well you in the united states have human rights problems too. i mean that is not a comparable discussion. >> that is saturday night at 10:00. also this weekend, marcus latrell details operation redwing from service, a navy s.e.a.l. at war, sunday night at 10:00 eastern. three days of book tv, this weekend on c-span2. >>> now a discussion on how americans communicate with their presidents. from "washington journal," this is 40 minutes. >> our guest now is eli saslow, who is a staff writer for the "washington post" and has written an interesting book. it's titled "ten letters: the stories americans tell their presidents." there is the cover there. and i wanted to ask you, mr. saslow, first, how interesting a concept in this era of electronic communication, lots of folks still hand-write letters and send them to the white house. >> yeah. >> how many? >> 20,000 a day. 20,000 a day the white house gets. and they process through this sort of deluge of mail. it actually sort of operates out of a whole building of its own here in downtown d.c., where ther
of the united states, which is creativity. >> okay. >> in general. i mean, how much of a commodity do you think it is and what can we do to leverage it? >> great question. hard question. by the way there is a book i haven't read yet, which i think is very good, it has been on the huftings this week called imagine. it is about creativity and i've seen this guy and heard this guy. normally i heard people, they don't know what they're talking about. i think this guy does. i haven't read the book yet. i think he's on to a deep understanding of creativity. i just mentioned that. i'm a science guy. and so you may -- we're all taught the scientific method it is very simple. i'll explain it to you now. you have an idea. you test it. and then you take the results, and you compare it to what you thought and then you go again. wow. how simple could it be? and we teach this to our kids in science. this is like the answer to what we're supposed to do. they forget one thing. where did the bloody idea come from? it is the most important part, you know? and you -- no one teaches where did the idea come from. i
and nato was not supposed to cost us anything. >> meet in the middle somewhere. united states attorney patrick fitzgerald sent politicians from the white house to jail stepping down after 11 years in office suggested time for a change. >> sublette and bat out and in my mind desire for myself to sort out what ever i do next and the office change the right time. >> does not know what his next job will be but what not to run an office he says he is not wired for that asked if he would like to be the head of fbi he has said made for public service joked about rumors he could be, baseball commissioner. patrick fitzgerald feels blessed to be top federal prosecutor thanking his team wife at the tujunga children plan to take the summer off what to do next. robert blagojevich speaking of patrick fitzgerald critical of the high-powered prosecutor and the legal system spent $1 billion to defend himself corruption case against his brother tried to regain a reputation after charges against him were dropped. >> civic lesson different from what i learned in school >> robert cloyd once a fundraise
that the united states can make it appear, perhaps by opening the supply lines essential to our drawing down troops in afghanistan. the fury that has been articulated so eloquently by both the armed services committee reflects a bipartisan outrage at the pakistanis dealing so mercilessly and unfairly and unjustly with someone who brought to justice one of the monsterous murderers of all time. >> the head of the ruling party talked with andrea mitchell. this is the argument he made about the arrest. here it is. >> unfortunately, andrea, that anyone collaborating with foreign intelligence, even of a friendly country, anywhere in the world is a crime. >> he makes it sound very logical, senator, we were just following our own laws. where is the problem in that? >> logical if you are in a kind of alice in wonderland, where the opposite of the truth is taken as the truth. and the fact of the matter is that the pakistanis have said consistently that they were not harboring osama bin laden, that they wanted to assist the united states in tracking him down, and then when one of their citizens in fact
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companies, most of them in the united states, most of our sales are here. but we have global footprint in some of our businesses operating 150 different countries. those businesses i think are representative of most sectors of the economy. we don't participate in real estate or energy, so take that out. but a wid wide range of food see distribution, car rentals, a variety of different businesses and we have seen a recovery of modest proportion, i care deeply about the policies that will be passed, will be championed by the president and hopefully passed by congress. and i hope they are going to take on a more constructive tone towards business and be a pro growth set of policies. i recognize it is complicated, i recognize it is partisanship and recognize people got elected but i am concerned that in the noise, in the tornado of politics and unfortunately it has become a tornado, we are going to lose what is most essential to this country, which is the ability for individuals to band together, free association, free enter price, create businesses and create jobs. >> rose: from private e
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